Shopping for Spring Fashions? Start Here!

Sure it’s cold and gross outside, but spring is really just around the corner–promise! Picnics, parades, block parties, beach vacations…these festive occasions bring questions. What to wear? What to bring? Where to go?

Trends, trinkets, travel–not to worry. We can help! NNEMAP Food Pantry has partnered with Givevia to empower YOU, our loyal supporters, to make more of an impact than you ever thought possible. Givevia allows you to generate funding that comes directly to NNEMAP Food Pantry by doing something you’re probably already doing: shopping online. Find great deals from major retailers and desirable brands and a generous portion of your purchase is directed to NNEMAP Food Pantry. It’s so convenient!

You can spread the word about the mission we care so deeply for by using advocacy features like building teams or sharing your impact online. We encourage you to join the movement and share this opportunity with your friends. With a few clicks, you can make a HUGE difference.

Click on that lovely blue-green button above to get started today–and PLEASE SHARE this post!!!

As always, thank you for your support–happy shopping!

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Why Partnerships Are Important

A few weeks ago, a volunteer came into my office on another busy Friday. “Can you help this customer?” she asked. “She got a letter about her property taxes and she doesn’t know what it’s about,” she explained.

I went to speak with the customer to learn more. Well into her 80s, she was shopping in a wheelchair, visibly upset. “They’re going to take my house,” she said. After gathering some information, it was time to investigate.

A quick look at the Franklin County Auditor’s website showed her property taxes were current. Perhaps the letter was sent in error or it was in regard to another matter. We had to find out, but how? If it was a legal matter, who could help?

Short answer: the Legal Aid Society of Columbus. I sent all the information to our friends at Legal Aid and explained the situation. They called the customer to learn more about the notice she received in the mail. The customer is now working with the City of Columbus to find out why she received this notice. If our customer needs additional assistance, our friends at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus are a phone call away and completely free of charge.

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This story will have a happy ending, and it’s all because of the wonderful partnerships that help NNEMAP Food Pantry serve more than food.

-Our CUSTOMER, our most important partner, knew she could share her concern with the NNEMAP volunteer who was helping her shop.

-Our VOLUNTEER, the heart and soul of our organization, knew there was some way we could help.

-Our STAFF identified an agency that could help the customer.

-Our REPRESENTATIVE from the Legal Aid Society of Columbus immediately responded to our customer’s needs and continues to follow up.

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At NNEMAP Food Pantry, we can give you food. And we can listen.

We can’t give you legal advice, but we can connect you with someone who can.

We can’t complete your application for SNAP/Food Stamps benefits, but we can connect you with someone who will.

We can’t help you choose the right health care plan or explain how open enrollment works, but we can connect you with someone who does.

We CAN care about connecting you to trusted, quality services and organizations. And we do. Because ALL of our partnerships are important.

To find out how YOU CAN BE A PARTNER, click the link below. We can’t wait to see you!

NNEMAP Food Pantry: Partners Wanted!

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Look at Us GROW

We are growing–again! NNEMAP Food Pantry will soon expand its service territory AND offer afternoon hours for the first time.

Starting March 1, 2020, we will add the 43219 ZIP Code to our service area. We will now serve households at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level in ZIP Codes 43201, 43211, 43215, 43224 and 43219. We are looking forward to welcoming new neighbors to our pantry.

To accommodate the anticipated increase in traffic and make shopping more convenient, NNEMAP Food Pantry will be OPEN WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS FROM 3:00-6:00pm. Our first afternoon date will be Wednesday, March 4, 2020.

Starting the week of March 1, 2020, our hours will be as follows:

Monday: 9am-12pm

Tuesday: 9am-12pm

Wednesday: 9am-12pm AND 3pm-6pm

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 9am-12pm

Saturday: 11am-1pm (Fresh produce and bread only)

HELP WANTED: If you would like to volunteer for any of our shifts, please contact Executive Director Roy Clark at director@nnemappantry.org to find out how you can help. As always, THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

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Paint for a Cause–Ours!

The irascible Oscar Wilde once opined that, “All art is quite useless.” While we understand the importance of being earnest (see what I did there?), we respectfully disagree with Wilde on this point. In fact, we’re going in the complete opposite direction. In the bleak midwinter, you can put some color back into the world by joining us at Brush Crazy to “Paint for a Cause.”

The team at Brush Crazy has made it as easy as 1-2-3 (think of it as paint and donate by numbers!):

1. Visit Brush Crazy on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020, show them this post or just tell them you’re painting for NNEMAP. Drop in anytime (and bring the family–it’s kid-friendly!).

2. Paint whatever item you choose (staff is there to help get you started and give you pointers along the way)

3. NNEMAP Food Pantry gets a generous portion of the proceeds as a cash donation.

You make art, NNEMAP Food Pantry gets money. THAT is useful art! Come join us on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020 anytime between 11am and 6pm. Chase the winter blues (and Dorian Grays?) away and support NNEMAP Food Pantry. Win-win!!!

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We welcome your support any time. We won’t even make you paint for it. You can always make a secure online donation here. Thank you for your support. Every donation makes a difference in someone’s life!

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There’s Still Time to Give a Gift!

It is always a great time to give a gift to NNEMAP Food Pantry! If you can spare…

$5–you can provide a family of 4 with food for about 1 week of meals. You read that correctly–groceries for a week for $5!

$50–you can cover the food costs for about 700 meals. That’s a little less than 7 cents per meal. Try doing that at the grocery store!

If you can spare…

$500–you can cover our food costs for about one week. We can stretch your dollar pretty far. That $500 will account for THOUSANDS OF MEALS!!!

If you can spare…

$1,000–you can cover all of our costs to operate the pantry for a full day. What a GREAT GIFT IDEA for that person who has it all: Dedicate a NNEMAP Food Pantry Day of Service in their honor!

Whether you can spare a little or can give a lot, we are grateful for your generosity.

WE CAN’T DO IT WITHOUT YOU–THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!

Please CLICK HERE TO DONATE!

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677 E. 11th Ave.
Columbus, OH 43211

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the coronavirus/Covid-19 illness, we are CANCELLING Wednesday afternoon and Saturday hours until further notice. Thank you for understanding!

STARTING MARCH 1, 2020

Monday: 9am-12 noon

Tuesday: 9am-12 noon

Wednesday: 9am-12 noon AND 3pm-6pm

Thursday: CLOSED

Friday: 9am-12 noon

Saturday Produce Mart: 11am-1pm

NNEMAP Food Pantry is an equal opportunity provider.

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